The April 2017 issue of Utah Business magazine highlights the CCIM Excellence Awards, a wrap up of the 2017 legislative session and a special feature on Dell EMC and the other tech mergers that are elevating Utah’s Silicon Slopes.
Legislative Session Wrap Up:
Though Utah’s 2017 legislative session started with a bang and ended with a record number of bills passed, it was a relatively quiet 45 days. The state’s 62nd Legislature kicked off on Monday, January 23, just a few days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. and one of lawmakers’ first actions was to send the new president and the republican-controlled congress a message: rescind Bears Ears National Monument. The message was heard loud and clear by the Outdoor Retailer show, which announced it was taking its twice-yearly event – and its $50 million economic impact – out of Utah.
Utah, like so many tech centers around the world, has its own Silicon (insert topographical feature here) – in this case, Slopes. With a couple of recent high-profile mergers, Silicon Slopes has gotten a lot more, well, silicon-y. One of these, Ivanti, involved a homegrown firm pairing up with another tech company to launch a new brand. The other merger comprised outside companies with a significant Utah presence. In this latter scenario, we’re talking about no less than the Dell/EMC alliance.